Some ideas for the Lyng Action Group to consider
Following our meeting I started to work through what I saw as a potential shopping list for our approaches to the NCC and others for assistance.
20MPH speed limit:
The following is from the minutes of Lyng PC in September, 2015. While we do not have the full transcript of the letter
(1255)Correspondence (i) Email from Mr G. Smillie requesting traffic calming measures through the village. As a former Planning & Transportation Officer with NCC, he suggests that there is strong argument for an HGV restriction (7.5 tons except for loading) and a reduction of the speed limit through the village from 30 miles an hour to 20 miles an hour to mitigate likely traffic increases as a consequence of the proposed Northern distributor Route being constructed without a bespoke link between the A1067 of the A47. Following discussion, members proposed that this suggestion be taken forward with Mr Smilie's assistance.
I am not sure what further action was taken following this.
My own shopping lost starts with the plea for a 20 mph limit between the bridge over the Wensum and the junction with Heath Road (NB Heath Road is separately addressed below).
Wensum River bridge and causeway
Difficult to deal with these separately. However the entry to Lyng at this point is very dangerous and needs some form of calming. The possibility of village gates should be considered. (SEE IMAGES)
A 'slow down' sign at each end of the village would help. SEE IMAGES.
The Causeway is very dangerous as there is no footpath – yet there is room for a 'trod path' along much of the length. You can see HERE (http://www.lyngonline.org.uk/we-need-a-footpath---right-here.html) how this could be achieved.
At the bridge itself there is no reason why a white line segregating pedestrians could not be painted along one side of the bridge (the south would match the 'trod path' – again see above for how this might work.
The curves into Lyng
From the Causeway there begin a set of dangerous curves and associated access roads. (In sequence they can be seen HERE (http://www.lyngonline.org.uk/lyng-and-traffic.html).
They start with the entry to the Old Mill, then Port Row, then the Old rectory, the Rectory Road, then house access, then the cut into Middle Lane, then Port Row again, Then Church Path, then the Old Chapel car park, then Cadders Hill, then Manor Farm (two) and then the Fox, then house access and the Fox car park (soon two houses as well).
We need these bends and the access roads marked as hazards with a suitable slow down notice.
It is interesting that I was wrong about the absence of school signs but the reason is clear – the driver heading west is busy addressing other hazards and especially after a time takes the school sign for granted. This is dangerous. The sign from the west is slightly obscured by a hedge.
But the need is for a school zone warning, with flashing lights during active periods at BOTH end of this section. We have to crossing or crossing patrol.
The cross roads
I doubt many of us think about the crossroads in the middle of the village. But at Richmond Place and Wensum Road that is what we have – and on side are the schools and on the other the shop, the playing field, the children'[s playground and much much more. This crossing needs to be marked.
But what about a pedestrian crossing at this point? Surely that is the correct answer with all its associated warnings.
What on earth to do about Heath Road? What we have discussed is bad enough but this short stretch of road contains our worst traffic hazard – the short, narrow, unsighted section at the very entrance too Lyng.
This must be the place for a proper 'chicane' style restriction, similar to those in Weston Longville and in many other villages.
We also need much more prominent speed limit signs armed with 'Slow You Down' messages .
And Highway should be required to install mirrors for the residents along this stretch who are consigned to extreme risk every time they exist their access road (which of course were given permission by the local council!).